In Michelle Goodman’s hysterical yet, in parts, heart-wrenching letter “Fireflies,” she starts off by talking about a subject that a lot of us can relate to: reconnecting with the “friend who got away” via Facebook…
“I know that concerning myself with whether you’re sending
instant messages and classic-rock quizzes and virtual pitchers
of beer to a guy you tried to steal from me when we were
sixteen probably makes it sound as though I need to get a better
therapist—or at least get out of the house more. But you know
when you go visit your mother and some little part of you reverts
back to your teenage self? You cross your arms, roll your eyes,
and argue with her about something insanely trivial, like whether
the color she painted her living room is pale blue or faint gray?
That’s what happened to me when I got on Facebook and
saw all those blasts from our hash-smoking, Zeppelin-worshipping
past. Suddenly it was like we were back in our mullets,
feather earrings, and Jordache jeans that required a pair of pliers
to zip up. Suddenly I was holding out hope that my Romeo in
parachute pants would run his fingers not through your helmet
hair, but through mine. Suddenly the most important item on
my daily to-do list was Seeing Whether Stephanie Had Friended
Ronnie On Facebook Yet.”
Read more of Michelle’s letter, and 35 others, when P.S. What I Didn’t Say: Unsent Letters to Our Female Friends comes out October 1!
Michelle Goodman is the author of My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire and The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube, both published by Seal Press. [I, MEGAN, INTERRUPT THIS BROADCAST TO HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER BOOKS–I’ve been a freelance writer for 9 years and still got some great tips in her entertaining yet informative book! AND NOW WE RETURN TO HER BIO…] Michelle’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, BUST, Bitch, The Bark, CNN.com, ABCNews.com, and The Seattle Times. She lives in Seattle and blogs about the freelance life at www.anti9to5guide.com.